Village of the Giants
"Genius" accidentally invents "goo" which causes living things to rapidly grow to an enormous size. Seeing an opportunity to get rich, some delinquent teenagers steal the "goo" and, as a result of a sophomoric dare, consume it themselves and become thirty feet tall. They then take over control of the town by kidnapping the sheriff's daughter and dancing suggestively.
This must be one of Bert I. Gordon’s worst films, so why do I like it so much? A group of go-go dancing teens that ingest a growth formula and ostensibly take over the town. The special effects are ludicrous, but the dance sequences—filmed in slow motion to Jack Nitzsche's puonding dance beat—are some kind of weird cinematic bliss. The most interesting aspect of the film is the sexuality portrayed, especially as normal sized teens cling to the enlarged bikini top of a girl, a scene which the rest of the movie seems based around.
‘Village of the Giants’ is as large as it will ever get. There is no amount of goo that Genius can make that will change this. The 35MM print that I saw the film on was hanging on by a thread. There were scratches throughout with pops and skips occasionally thrown in, but the purist in me loves watching a film print. MGM released a widescreen DVD in 2001 as part of their ‘Midnight Madness’ series. The film was re-released in 2005 as a DVD double feature with ‘Attack of the Puppet People.’ Both films are directed by Bert I. Gordon. Are you still curious if ‘Village of the Giants’ is for you? The trailer will answer all of your questions. The full review is here...www.theaterthoughts.com/?p=419